- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds
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- ASIN: B0018BPKXC
- Item model number: 50120
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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GSI Outdoors - Extreme Mess Kit, Camping Cook Set, Superior Backcountry Cookware Since 1985
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- TOUGH IN ANY TERRAIN: The Extreme Mess Kit's included pot and frypan are made from hard anodized aluminum, a non-reactive surface that won't scratch, providing you with the gourmet backpacking performance every camper deserves.
- COMPACT CAMPING: The easy-packing, nesting design includes a dual-use frypan/lid, cup, and bowl. Everything you need for your next adventure.
- CAN HANDLE ANYTHING: Features the exclusive DiamondBack Gripper that locks on to exterior brackets to make cooking a breeze. While cooking over a campfire we suggest removing the handle, since it can get really hot.
- ADVENTURE READY: The Extreme Mess Kit weighs only 19 ounces, and includes a mesh bag to take everything with you.
- IT'S ALL ABOUT THE OUTDOORS: In 1985 three siblings motivated by their love for the outdoors founded the camping and backcountry cookware company GSI Outdoors. Three decades later GSI continues to bring quality cookware to outdoor lovers everywhere.
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The Extreme Mess Kit is the premium mess kit for the gourmet backpacker. The set includes a 1-quart pot, 7.5" dual-use frypan/lid, 6" Cascadian cup, 12 fl. oz. Cascadian bowl, a DiamondBack Gripper handle, and a mesh stuff sack for organization.
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Add a set of plastic utensils (or, better yet, a plastic multi-utensil) and you are ready to go.
These are light, compact, and sturdy. As I'll describe in my narrative, nothing stuck.
We took these for a dry-run in the driveway using my coleman titan 2-burner propane stove. My son and I both grabbed two eggs, some bread (he had slices, I had a bagel), he had ham slices, I had frozen bannana peppers. He grabbed some margarine, and I squirted some olive oil into my frozen peppers.
We fired-up the coleman and started cooking.
First observation: the aluminum is thin, so it heats up extremely quickly, even with the stove turned way down. Maybe I'm not used to the stove's heat output, but my son's margarine was scortching and my peppers were violently sputtering almost immediately. Be prepared to movet the pan from time-to-time if burner adjustments are sufficient. This is probably a big plus for saving fuel, and I'm sure that I'll adjust, but it caught me off-guard the first time. That's what trial runs are for, anyway.
That said, my eggs with peppers cooked perfectly, and my son's food came out great also. He cooked his ham first, then eggs, then toast. He could have done two at once if I wasn't using the other burner myself. Cleanup was just a rinse in soapy water, as nothing stuck to the pan. My son used a plastic spatula, but I just used a spork as my cooking utinsile. I'll note that the handle gets warm if left connected to the pan while cooking, but nobody got burned, and we've learned to detach it when not in use. A less heat-conductive material would still be nice.
I'll note that if my son had cooked ham, then eggs in a stainless pan (other mess kit, or at home), the remaining sugars from the ham would have caused the eggs to stick . He didn't have this issue at all, which is another great feature of this pan, since the non-stick coating eliminated the need to wait for the pan to cool, then rinse, then heat it back up between foods.
I haven't tried the bowl or cup, though my wife noted that there are measurements on the cup which should be helpful with preparation.
By the way: The "Light My Fire" spork fits (barely) inside the packed kit if you're so inclined to buy them together.
THAT BEING SAID! This cookset is absolutely excellent and deserves five stars if it had been as advertised. As it is it deserves at least the four I gave it. It's very well made, nests quite well and does seem like it will last for a while. If it had been bare hard anodized it would have been absolutely perfect and furthermore a lifetime purchase. As is, it will wear out in a few years, but at least I will probably mourn its passing when I have to toss it
When I got it, the handle wouldn't work on the pan with the larger lip - the thing it fits into was too high on the side of the pan. Called the manufacturer directly (GSI) and sent them a photo of how it didn't work. They immediately mailed me a replacement pan that worked perfectly -- at no cost to me!